Selecting Effective Treatments: A Comprehensive, Systematic Guide to Treating Mental Disorders
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The bestselling treatment guide, updated to reflect changes to the DSM-5

Selecting Effective Treatmentsprovides a comprehensive resource for clinicians seeking to understand the symptoms and dynamics of mental disorders, in order to provide a range of treatment options based on empirically effective approaches. This new fifth edition has been updated to align with the latest changes to the DSM-5, and covers the latest research to help you draw upon your own therapeutic preferences while constructing an evidence-based treatment plan. Organized for quick navigation, each disorder is detailed following the same format that covers a description, characteristics, assessment tools, effective treatment options, and prognosis, including the type of therapy that is likely to be most successful treating each specific disorder. Updated case studies, treatments, and references clarify the latest DSM-5 diagnostic criteria, and the concise, jargon-free style makes this resource valuable to practitioners, students, and lay people alike.

Planning treatment can be the most complicated part of a clinician’s job. Mental disorders can be complex, and keeping up with the latest findings and treatment options can itself be a full time job. Selecting Effective Treatments helps simplify and organize the treatment planning process by putting critical information and useful planning strategies at your fingertips

  • Get up to speed on the latest changes to the DSM-5
  • Conduct evidence-based treatment suited to your therapeutic style
  • Construct Client Maps to flesh out comprehensive treatment plans
  • Utilize assessment methods that reflect the changes to the DSM-5 multiaxial system

Effective treatment begins with strategic planning, and it’s important to match the intervention to your own strengths, preferences, and style as much as to the client’s needs. Selecting Effective Treatments gives you the latest information and crucial background you need to provide the evidence-backed interventions your clients deserve.

27 reviews for Selecting Effective Treatments: A Comprehensive, Systematic Guide to Treating Mental Disorders

  1. andrea young
    November 5, 2023
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    This is an excellent book for a brand new counselor! It’s the first and only college textbook I can use in real life… score!
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    andria salters
    April 16, 2023
    5.0 out of 5 stars Must have
    This book does a great job breaking down the DSM-5.
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    Coco
    October 25, 2022
    5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful
    This is incredibly helpful for me, as I am a new clinician. The book goes through best forms of treatment tailored to each diagnosis and even adds inf...More
    This is incredibly helpful for me, as I am a new clinician. The book goes through best forms of treatment tailored to each diagnosis and even adds information to be considered for each one. Extremely helpful and cannot recommend it enough if you’re planning to be or starting out as a new clinician/therapist!
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    Stephanie Z.
    February 27, 2022
    5.0 out of 5 stars Easily sums up DSM-5
    This book is a must have!!I am studying for the NCMHCE and a supplement that I purchased to study for the exam recommended this book. I figured it wo...More
    This book is a must have!!

    I am studying for the NCMHCE and a supplement that I purchased to study for the exam recommended this book. I figured it would be yet another counseling book I've bought, where I'd skim through it and only read what I find applicable. Wrong!! I cannot put this book down!! It basically sums up the entire DSM-5 in an easy to read format. There are plenty of studies cited in the reading, but it doesn't feel like a purely academic read at all.

    It cuts out everything that you don't need to know. I wish this book had been part of my graduate school reading, because I believe I would have been much less stressed about learning the diagnoses and knowing what interventions to apply in my clinical internship.
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    Bianca
    February 21, 2022
    5.0 out of 5 stars Class additional reading
    Great condition, and received on time.
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    Erin
    December 17, 2021
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource
    Used for a graduate course, will use in the future of the profession I’m in for CMHC
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    LN
    July 27, 2021
    5.0 out of 5 stars SO HELPFUL!
    This book is GREAT, it is a perfect companion for clinical courses in my PMHNP program. It works well with the DSM-5. It offers suggestions for screen...More
    This book is GREAT, it is a perfect companion for clinical courses in my PMHNP program. It works well with the DSM-5. It offers suggestions for screening, therapy, assessments, and treatment for many psychiatric illnesses. I literally use this book almost as often as my Stahl' Prescriber's Guide and definitely more often than some of the books that were required for my classes. It was one I just stumbled into and took a chance and bought it. No regrets!
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    Melissa
    May 31, 2021
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for the mental health care professional!
    The book was in perfect condition. Super helpful to get if your a mental health care professional, highly recommend.
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    Deme Sullivan
    April 23, 2021
    5.0 out of 5 stars Quick delivery - great quality!
    Had to get this for one of my classes. The book is in great condition and was delivered quickly.
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    isabel
    March 14, 2021
    5.0 out of 5 stars Purchase it!
    A MUST GET! If you are a counseling student or a counselor this is a great tool!
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    Doughty
    March 1, 2021
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
    I had to buy this for my masters class, I had no idea how much I would use it! It is so helpful with how to treat specific mental disorders!
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    Deb W.
    January 5, 2021
    5.0 out of 5 stars Cheaper than at college bookstore.
    Required text book.
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    Theresa S
    September 13, 2020
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book! Super helpful!
    This is a priceless book to therapists. It follows the DSM 5 so it's updated.
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    SpoyldBrat1982
    January 9, 2020
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good for reference
    Really good book. They suggest DO A CLIENT MAP at the beginning of the book and then go through each diagnosis following that acronym which made it ve...More
    Really good book. They suggest DO A CLIENT MAP at the beginning of the book and then go through each diagnosis following that acronym which made it very easy to follow. I am glad I purchased this book versus renting it because I will be using it for future reference. Invest in this book. It is a definite must have for your collection.
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    Amber
    August 22, 2019
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great textbook!!
    Great textbook and book for clinicians! I have a feeling I will be referencing back to this book for years to come while practicing as a therapist. Qu...More
    Great textbook and book for clinicians! I have a feeling I will be referencing back to this book for years to come while practicing as a therapist. Quick and painless ordering and delivery!
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    ferc
    July 24, 2019
    5.0 out of 5 stars A must have!
    This is a must have for a new psychotherapist or Psychologist.
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    Christy Hunt
    June 23, 2019
    5.0 out of 5 stars Vital information
    Vital information. This is a textbook that you will use later.
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    Sebastian
    May 17, 2019
    5.0 out of 5 stars High ROI, worth the price and time to read instantly
    By far one of the best texts that make sense in terms of how much it costs and how much you will actually get out of it. Very useful
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    Allison k. Poteet
    December 7, 2018
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
    Great transaction and good condition. This book is an excellent resource, one of those textbooks you would keep on the shelf for reference.
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    Margaret Dixon
    March 23, 2018
    5.0 out of 5 stars treatment must
    great book for therapists. I recorded myslef reading some of the treatment suggestions and research so that I can listen again and again and learn. W...More
    great book for therapists. I recorded myslef reading some of the treatment suggestions and research so that I can listen again and again and learn. Wonderfully researched and written.
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    Katherine J. Smith
    March 20, 2018
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
    Super, super helpful if you are in a profession that works with DSM 5. It was s recommended book for my diagnosis class and was incredibly helpful. I ...More
    Super, super helpful if you are in a profession that works with DSM 5. It was s recommended book for my diagnosis class and was incredibly helpful. I strongly recommend it!
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    Susan E Aaron
    December 10, 2017
    5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I had gotten this book earlier, very helpful ...
    Wish I had gotten this book earlier, very helpful and presents science based evidence of working models of therapy for each dx they present in this bo...More
    Wish I had gotten this book earlier, very helpful and presents science based evidence of working models of therapy for each dx they present in this book.
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    Lindy L. Vandersteeg
    October 27, 2017
    5.0 out of 5 stars A winner!
    Excellent book that I've been able to use in studying for the LCPC, as well a great resource for my practice. Thank you it was everything that I need...More
    Excellent book that I've been able to use in studying for the LCPC, as well a great resource for my practice. Thank you it was everything that I needed and more.
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    Tim Hall
    October 1, 2017
    5.0 out of 5 stars If you are a mental health counselor, this a ...
    If you are a mental health counselor, this a book that you will want to have in your library. I explains each diagnosis, the clients and how they are...More
    If you are a mental health counselor, this a book that you will want to have in your library. I explains each diagnosis, the clients and how they are affected by this disorder, the kind of therapists that is most effective, effective instruments to use that corroborates your diagnosis, that finally the most effective treatments to implement.
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    Claudia M.
    July 26, 2017
    5.0 out of 5 stars It provides you with guidance regarding best treatments, and most appropriate assessment instruments to use ...
    It provides you with guidance regarding best treatments, and most appropriate assessment instruments to use with each one of the DSM-5 disorders. I fi...More
    It provides you with guidance regarding best treatments, and most appropriate assessment instruments to use with each one of the DSM-5 disorders. I find it very useful.
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    Ashley
    December 14, 2016
    5.0 out of 5 stars it was a good purchase and something I will keep and continue to ...
    I purchased this book for my MSW graduate course and it was very beneficial. It thoroughly explains diagnoses and provides a case study to aid in prop...More
    I purchased this book for my MSW graduate course and it was very beneficial. It thoroughly explains diagnoses and provides a case study to aid in properly identifying and implementing effective treatments. Overall, it was a good purchase and something I will keep and continue to use professionally as a LCSW.
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    Britnee
    July 26, 2016
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great
    Amazing book for any clinician. There is a chapter on treatment planning using the DO A CLIENT MAP acronym. It also includes all information one could...More
    Amazing book for any clinician. There is a chapter on treatment planning using the DO A CLIENT MAP acronym. It also includes all information one could need regarding mental disorders and treatments that have been researched. It ends with suicide evaluation. I would highly recommend.
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